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long day of tough questions for president obama's defense secretary nominee chuck hagel. one of the most contentious moments came when senator john mccain asked whether the 2007 surge troop in iraq was successful. >> the question is, were you right or wrong? that's a pretty straightforward question. i would like you to answer whether you are right or wrong and then you are free to elaborate. >> well, i'm not going to give you a yes or no answer on a lot of things. >> let the record show that you refuse to answer that question. now, please go ahead. >> well, if you would like me to explain why -- >> no, i actually would like an answer. yes or no. >> well, i'm not going to give you a yes or no. >> another hot topic at the hearing today, it was a 2006 interview that hagel gave to former middle east peace negotiator, erin david miller. now, in that interview, hagel said this. "the jewish lobby intimidates a lot of people up here." now, today of that comment about the "jewish lobby," hagel said categorically, i regret it. >> i've already said i regret referencing the jewish lobby.
@wolfblitzer, @katebaldu an. >>> up next, senators rough up chuck hagel during his confirmation hearing. a senior lawmaker is "outfront" to explain why he's voting against chuck hagel. and chuck grassley implies the video games, not guns, are the reasons for america's mass shootings. what role did the donations he received from the nra play? and another super bowl ad being called racist. we'll show you the ad. it's a near and dear to our heart topic. let's go "outfront." >>> and we begin right now, though, with breaking news. you are looking at pictures right now of mexico city. this is a live shot that you're watching from our affiliate, forotv. right now, they're reporting that five people are dead and at least 75 are injured. there was an explosion at the offices of mexico's state-run pemex oil company. there are at least 30 people still trapped in the building. it's up clear right now what caused that explosion. we are trying to figure that out for you. we will monitor that, and as we get more information, we'll bring it to you throughout the hour. and a good evening to all of you t
comment. >>> a history-making move, senate republicans blocked chuck hagel from becoming the newest defense secretary for at least two more weeks. cnn's chief congressional correspondent dana bash has more for you. >> on this vote the yeas are 58, the nays are 40. >> reporter: it was a moment for the history books. >> the motion is not agreed to. >> reporter: chuck hagel fell short of the 60 votes needed to break a gop filibuster of his nomination to be defense secretary. only four republicans supported their former senate gop colleague. >> the filibuster of senator hagel's confirmation is unprecedented, i repeat, not a single nominee for secretary of defense ever in the history of our country has been filibustered, never, ever. >> reporter: republicans argued they need more time saying hagel is too controversial to be confirmed only days after getting through committee on a party line vote. >> the president has a right to appoint people in whom he has confidence, but we have a constitutional responsibility to consider the nominee. a number of the republican senators have questions.
next. >>> a senior lawmaker comes "outfront" to explain why he's voting against hagel. >> and chuck grassley implies video games and not guns are the reason for america's mass shootings. what donations that he received from the nra play? >> and another commercial being called racist. i'll show you the ad and let you decide. let's go "outfront." >>> not so friendly fire on capitol hill. an incredibly long day of tough questions for president obama's defense secretary nominee chuck hagel. one of the most contentious moments came when senator john mccain asked whether the 2007 surge troop in iraq was successful. >> the question is, were you right or wroeng? that's a pretty straightforward question. i would like you to answer whether you are right or wrong and then you are free to elaborate. >> well, i'm not going to give you a yes or no answer on a lot of things. >> let the record show that you refuse to answer that question. now, please go ahead. >> well, if you would like me to explain why -- >> no, i actually would like an answer. yes or no. >> well, i'm not going to give you a yes
be a threat? also in a few minutes u.s. senate expected to vote on chuck hagel president obama's controversial nominee for defense secretary. we'll bring to it live. more on what's going on in egypt right now. a holt air balloon carrying lots of tourists explodes and plummets to the ground. we're finding out how this could happen. we're going live to egypt. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> we begin with the huge winter storm, the national weather service is now calling historic. cities like amarillo, texas, wichita, kansas have broken snowfall records. 45 million in 21 states are being affected one way or another. the storm is blamed for at least three deaths. look at this. it's even dangerous after the storm blows away. in kansas city, the heavy wet snow is causing roofs to collapse. nobody was hurt in this building. but the snow is also bringing down tree limbs on to power lines. in kansas city thousands of people are reported without power. george, what's going on? >> reporter: this is par for the course here in the midwest. this is the second time in a week that this r
secretary leon panetta came out in support of chuck hagel. president obama's choice for defense secretary. >> what you've heard from republicans thus far has been, why -- where is the calvary in all of this, why didn't the military over the course of what we've been told was a seven-hour incident if you can call it an incident. why over the course of seven hours was there not a strike team of some sort that could be put into benghazi to try to help out. on the show today, i had not just leon panetta, but as well the chairman of the joint chiefs, martin dempsey, and i asked them that very question, like why wouldn't you on 9/11, have troops sort of ready? and dempsey said to me, we did, the minute we knew the incident happened, the secretary of defense said, move some troops, scramble some troops, get them ready, let us know what their transit time would be. that's where it ended. i said, why didn't you just move them at that moment when you knew there was trouble. here's what dempsey said. >> we can't be a replacement. it was 9/11 elsewhere in the world not just in libya. >> that's pretty
on arrival in the current form. >>> and senator john mccain says that chuck hagel will be probably confirmed as the next secretary. he believes he has enough votes to win the vote next week when the senate reconvenes. >>> and in russia, they are trying to calm down after that meteor plowed through friday. some say they are afraid to stand by the windows remembering that cosmic explosion. it injured more than 1,000 people and damaged thousands of buildings. >>> john lennon's killer wrote chilling letters and sent them to the officer who arrested him. now the officer is speaking out for the first time. mark david chapman wrote steve spiro in 1983. he wanted to be friends with the officer, and he had other questions and requests as we. i spoke earlier with officer steve spiro. >> reporter: steve, what did you think when the letters were showing up in the mailbox and they are fascinating to read. what did you think? >> i was shocked. i said, why are you sending this to me? but when you spent five hours with somebody, you get to know them a little bit. and he was -- he was still selling himself t
in front of the courthouse. >>> so did chuck hagel roll it? roughed up in the senate. >>> geraldo rivera for senate. he is truly considering run for office. >> if he says it, it must be true. >> really? do you recall some special moments with geraldo? i'm zoraida sambolin. >> i'm john berman. friday, february 1st. february already. >>> an intense manhunt for one, possibly two suspects after an assistant district attorney gunned down outside a courthouse in texas. mark hos, a prosecutor in kaufmann county, killed after being shot several times as he got out of his car in the courthouse parking lot yesterday. authorities are pleading for leads. the fbi is helping in the case and his boss had a message for those responsible. >> i hope that the people that did this are watching. because we're very confident that we're going to find you, we're going to pull out of whatever hole you are in, and we're going to bring you back and let the people of kaufman county prosecute you to the fullest extent of the law. >> drew griffin is live in texas this morning. what's the latest? >> reporter: really,
bed with his kids. he has had cancer surgery in december. >>> the nomination of chuck hagel to be defense secretary hits another bump in the road. senate republicans have stalled hagel's nomination for at least another two weeks. senate could not come up with enough votes to he saidep end a filibuster and bring the nomination to the floor. they need more information. but republicans suggest that they are willing to let the nomination go forward after ter they get pack from the recess. >>> oscar pistorius formally charged with murder. he was arrested yesterday after his girlfriend was found shot to death in his home. he broke down in tears in the courtroom, his agent says he rejects the charge in the strongest terms. >> bring as whole new meaning to the term poop deck. >> you said it, not us. thanks very much. >>> they're joking about it now, but it was pretty rough going for five days for the cruise ship. more than 3,000 passengers are on their way home, thankful for those hot showers and flushing toilet. folks talked about the dae fl r deplorable condition, but they had pr
to. >>> the >> and a republican block in the senate. will the senate see eye to eye on chuck hagel? good morning. i'm zoraida sambolin. >> i'm christine romans. 5:00 a.m. in the east. let's get started. >>> first, the not so triumphant turn of the carnival "triumph." thousands of passengers who spent five days stranded at sea and slogging through sewage are sleeping on warm beds or on buses or trains, finally headed home it blocked in mobile, alabama. listen to the cheering bounds on board. but also family members waiting for them. passengers began streaming off about an hour later. some were angry and others were stateding it all in stride. all of them relieved to be back on shore. >> we are happy to be on dry land. it's been a horrible experience for us. it was a great cruise to start off with, but it just -- you know, the morning of the fire. >> there was a fire alarm. >> and we've been kept in the dark a lot. we haven't been told everything that we probably should have known. and it was just, you know, the -- the things just kepting worse and worse and we could never, ever real
the search was handled. >>> and a snag for chuck hagel as defense secretary does he stand a chance in the senate? [ anouncer ] ihop's new griddle melts... made fresh and hot! hand crafted just for you. it's like a sexy sandwich. [ anouncer ] compare new griddle melts yourself. just $4.99. it's an epic breakfast sandwich. [heart beating] [heartbeat continues] [heartbeat, music playing louder] ♪ i'm feeling better since you know me... ♪ announcer: this song was created with heartbeats of children in need. find out how it can help frontline health workers bring hope to millions of children at everybeatmatters.org. >>> we have another big story developing this morning. chuck hagel, president obama's pick to run the pentagon, will be in limbo a little while longer. attempts to break a republican fiphillfilibuster failed in the. hagel's confirmation will have to wait until after congress returns from a ten-day recess. democrats accuse gop senators of putting politics before national security. dana bash on the setback for the obama administration. >> on this vote, the yea are 58, nays
an underwhelming performance at the hearing. chuck hagel sat alone at the table, fielding sometimes hostile and tense questions from the colleagues, including one-time senator john mccain. >> that is a direct question, i want a direct answer. >> i'm not going to give you a yes or no answer. >> will the record show -- >> reporter: that exchange centered on hagel's past opposition to the iraq surge, a surge that senator john mccain championed. he looked at past statements. >> no one individual statement defines me. my believes or my record. >> reporter: he insisted he will lead, not follow, at the pentagon and around the world. >> america must engage in the world. not to retreat from the world. >> reporter: for hours, one republican after another accused the two-term nebraska senator of shading his true believes. among their concerns, past statements criticizing israel. >> do you think that it is right that israel was committing a "sickening slaughter" as you said in the senate? >> name one person in your opinion who is intimidated by the israeli lobby in the united states senate? >> your use
you. we needed to hear that. let's talk about chuck hagel now. it was a very interesting week for him. his nomination for defense secretary. his senate hearings this week were rough, to say the least, especially when his old friend, maybe former friend, frenemy asked questions. take a listen. >> were you correct or incorrect when you said that the surge would be the most dangerous foreign policy blunder in this country since vietnam. were you correct or incorrect? yes or no. >> my reference to -- >> are you going to answer the question, senator haguele? were you right or wrong? that's a pretty straight forward question. i would like to answer whether you are right or wrong, and then you are free to elaborate. >> lz, hagel had a bad day for sure. you know, maybe they have said it. i haven't heard a lot of democrats saying he was ill-prepared, because he seemed ill-prepared if you were the viewer watching it at home. did he deserve the treatment he got from mccain and others? >> you know, if they do a movie about that hearing, i hope daniel day lewis is involved, because there was a lot
are facing major hurdles. senator john mccain says he may filibuster chuck hagel's nomination if the president doesn't get more information on the attack in benghazi and a hold on general renan if he doesn't get answers about the use of drones in the united states of america. that's an issue we talked about last week when i asked the chairman of the house intelligence committee that very question, whether he could see a time when drowns were used against american citizens on american soil. >> i don't think we'll ever get there. i think it's very, very important to understand that the legal justification for using an air strike against an enemy, no matter their citizenship, is long standing in this country. they no longer have the benefit of u.s. citizenship to protect them when they're on foreign land fighting the battle of the united states. >> earlier, i spoke with rand paul of kentucky and asked him if he thinks he is wrong. >> well, he didn't say no. what i want to hear from john brennan before i agree to let his nomination go forward, that no cia or the department of defe
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this hour, big moment for chuck hagel, the man president obama would like to become the next secretary of defense. the senate armed forces committee holding a vote on hagel's nomination. and while it is likely he will be confirmed, several republicans, they're still putting up a fight. that happens this hour. >>> also, cereal and soda? pepsi introducing a new mountain dew drink for, dare i say, breakfast, calling it kick start. the company says it doesn't consider this an energy drink, even though, yes, it is packed with caffeine. why the new product? mountain dew says customers wanted an alternative to coffee and tea in the morning. >>> and tomorrow is ash wednesday, which means today is fat tuesday. okay, i tweeted this out. this is a colossal waste of time and can't stop watching it. you can watch this on one of the live cams. mardi gras in full swing. we have been hearing trumpets from this live web cam. this is bourbon street. it is new orleans' biggest tourist draw with more than 50 parades. mardi gras is the feast and celebration before lent, a time of fasting for catholics. >>>
. >> so you all thought he seemed well prepared? >> i think -- i know chuck hagel. i think he's got good experience with regards to public service. he understands the issues of the defense department. i think he'll be a great secretary of defense. >> i'm going to ask you about signals in washington. general michael hayden, probably both of you know, former director of the cia was talking about incoming secretary of state john kerry, incoming if he is confirmed secretary of defense chuck hagel and here is what he had to say about the new team. >> i think the new team thinks more like the president thinks when it comes to foreign policy. this is going to be a team that might not push back as much with regard to cuts or withdrawals or smaller footprints or reluctance to go with big footprints into new areas. >> i want you to tell me what your reaction is to that. do you see a new team coming in with a different attitude toward the president's policies? >> no, i really don't. i mean, after all, the president is the person who makes policy with regards to foreign affairs and defense policy. >
. the reporter who fueled a bogus story about chuck hagel. david brooks has second thoughts about his column and a fox commentator apologizes for an outrageous remark. media monitor is straight ahead. [ male announcer ] alka-seltzer plus liquid gels speeds relief to your worst cold symptoms plus has a decongestant for your stuffy nose. thanks. that's the cold truth! but when i cook up some beef, ketchup, relish and cheese, cover it with crescent dough and pow! cheeseburger crescent casserole. double awesome. pillsbury crescents. let the making begin. >>> time now for the media monitor. our weekly look at the hits and errors in the news business. one of the bogus charges against chuck hagel, president obama's pentagon nominee, is that he had taken money from a group called friends of hamas. now new york daily news reported dan says he was the source of the rumor when he sarcastically made the suggestion and later saw a headline on the site breitbart.com, secret hagel donor. white house spokesman ducks questions on friends of hamas. that attributed to senate sources. breitbart's hero defended
of this face two moments up on capitol hill. a senate committee may vote to confirm chuck hagel as the next defense secretary. a different committee hold as hearing for the man picked to run the cia. john brennan. for more of these controversial nominees, let's bring in our chief congressional correspondent, dana bash, and gloria borger. dana, what are your sources telling you about chuck hagel's confirmation? >> reporter: well, you know, there are supposed to be at least the chairman, carl levin wants a vote in the senate armed services committee tomorrow but it might not happen. one may reason is that many republicans on the committee don't want it to. we're told that they are circulating a letter urging senator levin to delay it. and they say, these republicans, that they are still waiting for key information from hagel. for example, senator lindsey graham told me he still doesn't p have information about the speeches that hagel gave, who he spoke to, what he said, and what he was paid. and the ranking committee, james inhoff said he's looking for people to slow this train down. senator
to be the former secretary today but because of the republicans are blocking the nomination of chuck hagel, panetta is still on the job. the latest coming up. stop! stop! stop! come back here! humans -- we are beautifully imperfect creatures living in an imperfect world. that's why liberty mutual insurance has your back with great ideas like our optional better car replacement. if your car is totaled, we give you the money to buy one a model year newer. call... and ask one of our insurance experts about it today. hello?! we believe our customers do their best out there in the world, and we do everything we can to be there for them when they need us. [car alarm blaring] call now and also ask about our 24/7 support and service. call... and lock in your rate for 12 months today. liberty mutual insurance. responsibility. what's your policy? [ male announcer ] engine light on? come to meineke now for a free code scan read and you'll say...my money. my choice. my meineke. >>> today was supposed to be chuck hagel's first day as defense secretary but it did not work out that way. defense secretary leon pan
story there involving the fate of chuck hagel. president obama's pick for defense secretary. we are now getting word of these back room negotiations, all in efforts to get this former senator confirmed. we will take you to washington. we will get to all of that. first let's get you back to the story you have seen developing all afternoon here exclusively on cnn. here are the pictures. this is the approach of the nate mare carnival cruise ship called triumph. live pictures as it is inching towards shore. four tugboats at one mile an hour. we continue to talk through this hour. if you have been with us, we have been covering this for the last couple of hours and we are seeing around this ship people have scrawled out messages on sheets, help us, signs, we saw the first glimpse of the passengers wearing these bathrobes because keep in mind they packed and they are inching along off the coast of cozumel. they are cold. now stories of mattresses soaked in sewage. they are sleeping on decks. here are the pictures. one by one by one under sheetinsheets. freedom within sight for the 4,000 peopl
and others in t white house and then he's taking on chuck hagel in the confirmation hearing. what is he after? >> i think he's doing his job. he understands that his job as a senator is not to rubber stamp nominations. it's to advise and consent and scrutinize these nominees. if not now, when? i think what he's doing on benghazi, what he has done along with other senators like kelly ayotte, is very important. let's just think about this. were it not for the john mccain, lindsey graham and kelly ayottes going after this, we would think benghazi is due to a video and that's not true. there has been a scathing report about the negligence and the breaches of security of the state department. there have been recommendations made. there may be american lives saved in the future because of this saga with john mccain right now, so i'm very proud of him for having done it. would not have happened but it not for him and the others. >> are we any closer to finding out what happened and correcting it or still on the hunt to figure out who in the white house may have done what? rather than finding a solut
in atlanta, thanks to you. right now, live pictures, chuck hagel, new defense secretary arriving for his first day, officially on the job. he will be sworn in later today. a very brief picture of secretary hagel. who will spend much more time. >> on that pavement right there, walking across that pavement. >> can i ask a quick thing about the breast cancer story. how much of the could be if there are better ways to determine if people have breast cancer. all those years ago, only 250 women. relatively small women. it grows dramatically because the ways you can discover women have breast cancer is better. >> same with autism. is there more of it, or are we detecting it. >> 1976 wasn't the middle ages. >> but technology in that field has -- >> that's true. >> i was going to given the advice, know your breasts, but i will let that go. >> i want to hear the joke. >> u.s. a good one. >> but on tv, not going to do it. >> i think the food supply. so many hormones used in food and if that has an impact on people. >> i know people are investigating that. interesting. >>> a cia officer-turned-whist
or no? >> i don't think so. we'll be right up against it. >> chuck hagel, they call it a filibuster, seems they're waiting until after they vote on this. why can't they get it done? >> first of all we've had an unbelievable amount of filibuster abuse, in the ten years that lbj was leader of the senate back in the day, he had one filibuster in a decade. reid faced almost 400 filibus r filibuster, we have fill bust ear bus and addiction on the part of the gop. i think there's no reason to hold up hagel's nomination for benghazi. he was a private citizen when benghazi happened. >> alice, vietnam veteran, decorated purple heart recipient. do you think he should be officially sworn in? >> absolutely, i respect and admire his service to our country but when it comes to this republicans raised concerns about his statements and positions on israel and iran for quite some time and also the fact he called the surge one of the biggest blunders in this country. now we're finding out more and more he hasn't been forthcoming with information he was supposed to provide to the senate intel committ
president obama withdraw the nomination of chuck hagel to be the next defense secretary. 15 republican senators signed a letter arguing it would be, quote, unprecedented, unprecedented for a secretary of defense to take office without a broad base of bipartisan support. let's bring in dana bash. she's working this story for us. the critics of chuck hagel, and there are many, they are not giving up? >> they are not. and that's really what this is about. this is about hagel's harshest critics to say that they are not happy. it's a big deal. they are saying, mr. president, please withdraw it. if you look at these faces, they are the most conservative members of the senate so it isn't surprising that they would be this aggressive on what has really become a partisan issue and they know what that what has happened in this recess -- the senate is in recession -- is that some of their fellow republicans have come out and said, we will allow this to go forward. so they know it's not technically going to be possible for them to stop it but the votes, they thought maybe if there was a bombshell
republican senator chuck hagel still has hurdles to jump before becoming the country's next defense secretary. (music throughout) why turbo? trust us. it's just better to be in front. the sonata turbo. from hyundai. >>> there's a job you'd think would have support from basically everyone. it's the job of the secretary of defense. it's supposed to be a nonpartisan position in charge the largest arguably most important segment of the government. but that's far from the case for the president's nominee chuck hagel. joining us now is our chief political analyst gloria borger. carl levin said there will be a vote in the committee tomorrow. is this train leaving the station? >> yeah, i think the train is leaving the station. he wants to have a vote quickly. you have senator lindsey graham, republican, saying that he's going to put a hold on this nomination till he gets some more answers from the administration about the attack on the u.s. mission in benghazi. just listen to what the president's press secretary jay carney said about that, wolf. >> what is unfortunate here is the continuing attempt t
certainly has. thanks very much for that, jessica. >>> with republicans baulking at chuck hagel's confirmation as defense secretary, harry reid filed a motion to cut off debate. it will take 60 votes to cut off debate and move to an up or down vote on nomination. the move is scheduled for friday, barring a deal to hold it earlier. >>> take a look at our latest cnn orc poll. when we asked whether the president's address would lead to more bipartisan cooperation, 39% said yes. 53% said no. joining us now, our chief national correspondent john king. john, does this change the dynamic in congress at all? >> that's the big question after the state of the union address. the president lays out a second-term agenda. in our poll, most of the americans who watched the speech liked the speech and boosted the president's proposal just a bit. this is how the president won a second term. 51 to 47. if you look at it from this perspective, he won a pretty convincing electoral college. 332 for obama, 206 for romney. let's come over here and look at a different perspective. last night he was in t
have there aed a vote on chuck hagel to replace him for another ten days, using an unprecedented filibuster. unprecedented for defense nominee. president obama says they are putting politics ahead of national security. >> i'm still presiding over a war in afghanistan and need a secretary of defense who is coordinating with allies to make sure our troops are getting the kind of strategy and mission they deserve. >> mean tooil, the president returns home to chicago today for the last in a series of campaign style events. this week they are focused for plans on the economy and education that he outlined in the state of the union address. gun violence also on the agenda when the president speaks to a chicago high school. dan lothian live at the white house with a preview. homecoming of sorts, dan. >> the president will be speaking at hyde park academy, and as you pointed out, the main focus will be the economy. but the president will be talking about gun violence in a city that last year had almost 2500 shootings and more than 500 murders, and, of course, you have the high-profile mu
's under 400 or about 400. >> when you saw the appointment of chuck hagel, you were pretty outspoken. >> yeah. >> why were you so animated? >> firstly, i want to say this. i don't think he's anti-semetic. i have no basis for saying that, and i do believe he's hostile to israel, but he has a right to his position. what is interesting to me is tom friedman, his first sponsor that i read his column, said he is not mainstream. this is tom friedman, who is advocating hagel. and then his opponents say he's not mainstream. why would you want a guy who is not mainstream? in charge of one of the most important agencies, the defense department? he's opposed to sanctions against iran. he's also opposed to war. well, if you don't believe in sanctions and you don't believe in war, what do you think we should do as it relates to stopping iran from getting the nuclear bombs? he believes that there should be much greater light distance, separation between israel and the united states. so as to make the arab countries more friendly to us. they want to kill us. they want to kill christians and jews an
the unions. but the high murders was 2,500 a year. now it's about 400. when you saw the atoimt of chuck hagel you were outspoken. >> fistly, i don't think he's anti-semitic. i have no basis for saying that. i do believe he's hostile to israel, but he has a right to his position. tom friedman, his first sponsor that i read in his column said he is not mainstream. this is tom friedman who is advocating hagel. then his opponents say he's not main treatment. why would you want a guy who's not mainstream in charge one of the biggest appointments, the defense department. if you don't believe in sanctions and you don't believe in war, what do you think we should do as it relates to stopping iran from getting the nuclear bomb? he believes that there should be much greater light distance, separation between israel and the united states. so as to make the arab countries more friendly to us. they want to kill us. they want to kill christians and jews and they say they're going to convert either voluntarily or by force. and that's been their history. so why would we want to jettison, which is really the
in chicago have been called off after a cancellation yesterday. you can excuse chuck hagel for being a little bit late. he first had to be sworn in for his job as secretary of defense at a private pentagon ceremony. that step coming after a pretty tough confirmation fight in the senate. a round trip mission to mars is in the works. it's to send a man and woman to fly by the red planet in 2018. the mission would be a 501-day mission. it's the brainchild of dennis tito. if you remember that name rmgs he was the first space tourist. tito is holding a news conference a couple of hours from now. >>> even after 11 days on the witness stand, jodi arias's story continues to change. it is a remarkable murder case, a trial you don't seem to be able to turn away from. we're covering it next. humans -- sometimes life trips us up. and sometimes we trip ourselves up. but that's okay. at liberty mutual insurance, we can untrip you as you go through your life with personalized policies and discounts when you need them most. just call... and speak with a licensed representative about saving on your policy whe
. new information about the nomination of the former senator, chuck hagel, to be the nation's next secretary of defense. let's go to capitol hill to dana bash. what are you learning? >> reporter: cnn has learned that chuck hagel's confirmation to be the next defense secretary appears to be all but certain. the reason we can report that is by some excellent digging by our producers. what they have found out is they have found at least five republican senators who have said that they would oppose any filibuster to block hagel's nomination. so mathematically what that would mean is even if there would be a filibuster, which is still an if, he would likely have the votes to overcome that and would go on to become the next defense secretary. they talked to a lot of senators, a lot of senators' offices and they came up with five. only two of them are actually going to support hagel's nomination, but the other three, richard burr, john mccain, and todd coburn have all told us they would oppose a filibuster if it came to that. we don't know when the vote will happen. first he has to go thr
hearing, it looks like chuck hagel will soon be confirmed to become the next secretary of defense. cnn has learned at least five republican senators would oppose a possible filibuster of hagel's nomination and with no democratic depeck tors, it looks like clear sailing for the embattled nominee. >>> the pentagon expected to announce it is expanding benefits to same sex partners and military personnel. officials say leon panetta hasn't made a final decision on which benefits will be included, but that could happen this week. it comes almost a year and a half after the military repealed "don't ask, don't tell" which banned openly gay service. >>> four years after he first took office, president obama plans to make his first trip to israel. the white house isn't saying exactly when he's going to go, but the president did discuss a spring visit with netanyahu. the president's trip will also include visits to the west bank and jordan. he visited israel as a presidential candidate in 2008, but has not been back as president. >> at lot of presidents have not traveled to israel, but he is going. >
in confirming some of president obama's key appointees. chuck hagel at defense, john brennan at the cia, and now senator mccain saying he is not ready to call it a day on all of this. a congress hearing -- >> then you ought to have your facts straight. >> reporter: after congressional hearing. >> who responsible then? >> reporter: republican senator john mccain challenge, the white house on its response to benghazi. now he is going further on nbc's "meet the press." >> so there are many, many questions and we have had a massive cover-up. >> a cover-up of what? i'm just saying you, a cover-up of what? >> i'll be glad to send you a list of questions that have not been answered. >> reporter: the white house says it's given answers. conducted 20 briefings for congress. officials have testified at ten hearings, answered how queries. it all adds up to 10,000 pages of documents. just last week, mccain himself told cnn recent responses on benghazi were, quote, adequate. so, is this just politics? when we asked mccain's office what other questions the senator still had, we were referred to this january p
to take down defense secretary nominee chuck hagel. >> i've covered the senate for a long time. it's unusual for a freshman to be this out spoken on a high profile issue. >> at the end of the day, i was elected to represent 26 million texans and to speak the truth. you know, i think a lot of americans are tired of politicians in washington and both parties who play games. >> the 42-year-old cuban-american, the first hispanic governor from texas memorized the constitution as a teenager, thanks to his father, a cuban refugee. cruz became solicitor general of texas, arguing for state's rights and religious freedom before the u.s. supreme court. tea party activist bucked the gop establishment to help elect cruz and now see their hard work paying off. >> he's the total package. he's brilliant. he's a great messenger for ideas and he's a guy you never have to wonder how he's going to vote. >> conservatives here in texas who fuel behind tea party senate win he's been so aggressive so fast but for some senior senators, not so much. one of the guiding principles for a freshman senator is co
busy and big week ahead for politics. we could know the fate of chuck hagel's nomination for defense secretary. they could vote later this week on his nomination. last week's hearing was a tough one for the former republican senator. he struggled with some questions and critics in both parties have said he seemed unprepared. but so far there appears to be no major effort to block his nomination. >>> also ahead this week, the next chapter in the white house push for new gun restrictions. cnn's athena jones previews the president's strategy to spur congress to take action. >> reporter: president obama heads to mon monday. his first stop in a campaign to win support for his gun policy proposals. an effort he promised in newtown. >> in the coming weeks i will use whatever power this office holds to engage my fellow citizens. >> reporter: he'll meet with precedents and police in minneapolis, a city the white house says has taken important steps to reduce gun violence. over the weekend the white house released this photo of the president skeet shooting, a nod to gun shorts signaling gun ow
committee will vote today on the nomination of chuck hagel for defense secretary. mr. hagel has encountered strong opposition from some members. but his nomination is expected to be approved and sent to the full senate for a vote. he's expected to be confirmed in just the coming days. >>> we only knew his first name, ethan, we knew little about his ordeal, just that it was an ordeal. he was held hostage for six days inside of this bunker in alabama. ethan and his mom are speaking out for the first time to dr. phil. >> how did you feel, when you heard that he might be crying for his mom? >> i wanted to be there. i wanted to take his place. >> did he see mr. dykes shot ask killed? >> he absolutely did. he said the army came in and shot the bad man. >> wow. the full interview will air on wednesday on dr. phil. humans. even when we cross our t's and dot our i's, we still run into problems. namely, other humans. at liberty mutual insurance, we understand. that's why our auto policies come with accident forgiveness if you qualify, where your rates won't go up due to your first accident, and new c
but you get to choose where the cuts are made that may happen. >> let's move to former senator chuck hagel, vietnam vet, won two purple hartless, first ever defense secretary nominee to be filibustered, which as i come to understand it, it a way of delaying vote until all the politicians get back from the president's weekend. what did you learn on your show tod today. >> a couple thing, most folks, even those who will vet against chuck hail hague, believe he will become the next defense secretary. the republicans suede need to know more things, a couple speeches, we haven't seen exactly what he said. in the end, you will have the majority of republicans, i guess will vote against haig bull they will allow the vote to go forward. >> so incredible, looking at it from an outsider, the process didn't move that much fast we are secretary of state john kerry's nomination. there seems to be a lot more theater involved in this. is it why, i guess? >>er can raves popular choice. well liked, across the board, republicans and democrats and very quick and made it known, you remember all the pushback t
himself, secretary of defense, chuck hagel pro-iran ingaugement cabinet since the 1979 revolution. these guys seriously do want to do a deal. genuinely wants to try to build confidence with the united states, this is the best administration to do that. now, i think the dilemma he has is that for 24 years since 1989 he has been susupreme leader and he hasn't left the country since 1989 and he sought to preserve the status quo by transforming decisions and now put himself increasingly with back against the wall facing unprecedented international pressure, sanctions, et cetera whereby if he wants to reduce this pressure, either he needs to do a nuclear deal to reduce the pressure or go for nuclear weapon, the so-called pakistan option where by if they get a bomb, they believe that the outside world will be forced to deal with them. but these are both transformative options and both transformative choices for him. so, i think he's put himself in a very comfortable position. >> he's a conservative guy by nature. >> you're a revolutionary until you acquire power and then you become a co
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